Jacob Metcalf is a postmodern composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Dallas, Texas, recognized for his intricate guitar work and warm singing voice. He is set to tour the US and Canada Spring solo this Spring.
Metcalf’s debut album Fjord (2016) received pleasant responses from the international press community and music lovers alike for its breathtaking collection of art-folk compositions that range from wistful, unhurried ballads to swirling, majestic orchestrations, sometimes within the same song, and all set to Metcalf’s inviting vocals and non-linear story-telling.
The material for the record was pulled from hand-scrawled journals written over a decade and spanning five continents (Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America). More recently, Metcalf lived several years out of his car and inside a four foot crawl space between a vintage store and loft apartments in order to save enough from his day jobs to complete the album. Recorded in Austin, Ft. Worth and Dallas with more than 30 talented musician friends, the singer-songwriter and band saw every theater, dive and city street as the ideal stage to prep the songs before further dressing up the arrangements in the studio.
“Metcalf’s solo debut is exquisite, its beauty both on the surface and further down — his reedy, emotive voice rests atop intricate instrumentation, full of flickering strings, plucked guitars and dry percussion — making songs like the gorgeous title track or Ein Berliner lodge firmly in the mind.” Preston Jones, Star Telegram
“ … an exquisitely produced and arranged collection of folk-pop” – THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS